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SELECTING THE RIGHT LABEL
Selecting the right label material is necessary in order to meet specific usage requirements. Among the most popular types of labels are standard paper, premium paper, polyolefin synthetic, polypropylene synthetic, gloss and matte polyester synthetic and polyimide synthetic. The chart below contains the various label material, printing mechanism and features for each type.

Label

Material Type

Printing Mechanism

Features

Standard

Paper

Thermal Transfer & Direct Thermal

Standard, bright white smooth paper stock and economically priced.

Premium

Paper

Thermal Transfer & Direct Thermal

Specially coated, premium, bright white, ultra smooth paper face stock.

Polyolefin

Synthetic

Thermal Transfer

This label withstands temperatures up to 200 degrees F and 6 months outdoors. This label also provides minimal resistance to scratching and smearing.

Polypropylene

Synthetic

Thermal Transfer & Direct Thermal

White matte face stock that offers flexibility for curved surfaces. This label is resistant to scratching and smearing, withstanding temperatures up to 300 degrees F.

Gloss & Matte Polyester

Synthetic

Thermal Transfer

Matte polyester face stock has good resistance with smears and scratches, excellent resistance to harsh chemicals. This label also withstands 300 degrees F and up to 3 days outdoors.

Gloss polyester face stock has unparalleled smear and scratch resistance with moderate chemical resistance and up to 3 years outdoors.

Polyimide

Synthetic

Thermal Transfer

This label is designed for hightemperature environments up to 500 degrees F. Gloss and matte options available.